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Sale 1041 — The William H. Gross Collection: 1847 & 1851-56 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Multiples on Cover

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
199
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 199, Multiples on Cover5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to just barely in at right, intense shade, tied by red grid cancels, matching "U.S. Express Mail, Boston Mass., Jun. 13" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, small edge repairs at bottom left and top center

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USE OF A STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE, PAYING THE DOUBLE 10-CENT RATE FROM BOSTON TO PHILADELPHIA FROM THE LUDLOW BEEBEE CORRESPONDENCE. ONLY THREE COVERS WITH STRIPS OF FOUR HAVE THE U.S. EXPRESS MAIL MARKING.

Only 17 covers in the Alexander census are listed as having a multiple of four or larger of the 5c 1847 Issue. Of these, three are blocks and nine are strips of four. Three are used with the U.S. Express Mail marking.

Ex Boker

E. 7,500-10,000
17,000
200
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 200, Multiples on Cover5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to clear, bright shade, tied by red grid cancels, matching "U.S. Express Mail, Boston Mass. Jun. 8" circular datestamp on light green 1849 folded cover to Baltimore, manuscript "Paid" at upper left, some slight wear, some expert internal mends mostly along folds

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE PAYING THE DOUBLE 10-CENT RATE FROM BOSTON TO BALTIMORE. ONLY THREE COVERS WITH STRIPS OF FOUR HAVE THE U.S. EXPRESS MAIL MARKING.

Only 17 covers in the Alexander census are listed as having a multiple of four or larger of the 5c 1847 Issue. Of these, three are blocks and nine are strips of four. Three are used with the U.S. Express Mail marking..

Ex Boker.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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201
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 201, Multiples on Cover5c Brown Orange (1d), 5c Brown Orange (1d)5c Brown Orange (1d). Horizontal strip of four, large margins to barely in, bright color, tied by red square grid cancels, matching "New-York Apl. 8" (ca. 1851) circular datestamp at right, on legal-size brown cover to an attorney in Albany N.Y., cover refolded to a more exhibitable size, third stamp small internal crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF A STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE, PAYING THE QUADRUPLE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO ALBANY. ONE OF THREE RECORDED MULTIPLES OF FOUR OF THE BROWN ORANGE SHADE ON COVER.

The Alexander census records 17 covers bearing multiples of four or larger of the 5c 1847 Issue, including nine strips of four. Only one other pays this quadruple under-300 miles rate. Considering the volume of mail passing through the New York City post office, this is a remarkably small number.

This is one of only two recorded covers with a strip of four of the Brown Orange shade (the other ex Matthies; there are no Orange Brown strips). A block of four on cover -- described as the Brown Orange shade -- was offered in the Ishikawa sale.

Ex Hackmey and from our 1996 Rarities sale. With 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
8,000
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202
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 202, Multiples on Cover5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Two vertical pairs, originally forming a block of four, top stamps of each pair slightly cut in, margins at sides mostly large to just clear, detailed impression on deeply blued paper, tied by black grid cancels, red "20" handstamp for quadruple 5c under-300 miles rate and matching "Boston Mass. 10 Dec." circular datestamp on folded cover to Howland & Aspinwall in New York City, light file fold does not affect stamps

FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE FRANKING PAYING THE QUADRUPLE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE FROM BOSTON TO NEW YORK CITY. ONLY TWO COVERS ARE RECORDED FROM BOSTON PAYING THIS RATE WITH 5-CENT 1847 STAMPS.

The Alexander census, recently updated by Mark Scheuer, contains four covers bearing four 5c stamps used from Boston. Two pay the double 10c over-300 miles rate (one to Baltimore and one to Philadelphia, offered as lots 199 and 200 in this sale). Two pay the quadruple 5c under-300 miles rate, including one to Eastport Me. and the cover offered here.

Ex Emerson, Hessel, Garrett, Kapiloff, "Sevenoaks", Craveri and Hackmey.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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203
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 203, Multiples on Cover5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Four singles, two with large even margins, third large margins to clear, last barely in along framelines in places, dark shade and early impression, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 18" (1848) circular datestamps, additional strike at right, on buff cover to Greenville Va., small part of backflaps removed along with wax seal

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE PAYING THE QUADRUPLE 5-CENT UNDER-300 MILES RATE.

It is highly unusual for a cover sent from Philadelphia to bear four 5c stamps, as there was a plentiful supply of 10c stamps in that city. Only three such covers are recorded. This style of Philadelphia circular datestamp was in use up until 1848, so this must be an 1848 year date.

Ex Emerson, Knapp, Gibson, Kapiloff, Craveri and Hackmey. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
11,000
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204
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 204, Multiples on Cover5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Four singles, each with large to full margins, rich color, cancelled by blue grids and tied by matching "Philada. Pa. Apr. 18" circular datestamp, bold "20" handstamp on blue folded cover to Pittsburgh Pa.

VERY FINE. A GORGEOUS QUADRUPLE-FRANKING OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A DOUBLE-RATE COVER TO PITTSBURGH.

The franking on this cover pays the double 10c over-300 miles rate. This was normally paid with 10c stamps, especially from a large post office such as Philadelphia, which had a plentiful supply of the 10c denomination on hand.

Ex Sampson, Garrett, Ishikawa and Boker.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,500
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205
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 205, Multiples on Cover5c Red Brown (1), 5c Red Brown (1)5c Red Brown (1). Four single stamps arranged in overlapping fashion, each has margins all around, bright shade, tied by vivid red grids, matching "Saint Louis Mo. Nov. 11" circular datestamp on cover to South Boston, Mass., from the Turner correspondence, stamps partly lifted to check margins

EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFUL DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING WITH FOUR ARTFULLY ARRANGED EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE. A COVER WITH WONDERFUL VISUAL APPEAL.

From the Turner correspondence, which is known for overlapping stamps, discussed in a Nov. 2009 Chronicle article by Gordon Eubanks, who records 15 such overlapping pairs from this correspondence.

Ex Ackerman and Sweet.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,500
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206
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 206, Multiples on Cover10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Positions 23-24L1, horizontal pair, large to full margins, detailed impression, tied by red grid cancels, matching "U.S. Express Mail, Boston Mass., Oct. 26" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, part of back missing where wax seal removed

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE WITH THE U.S. EXPRESS MAIL MARKING ON A COVER FROM BOSTON TO PHILADELPHIA FROM THE LUDLOW BEEBEE CORRESPONDENCE.

Plating note by Ashbrook. Ex Knapp and Boker.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
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207
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 207, Multiples on Cover10c Black (2), 10c Black (2)10c Black (2). Four singles, Positions 45L1, 75L1, 91L1 and 71L1, large margins to clear, each stamp cancelled by blue "6" in circle numeral handstamps, matching "Philada. Pa. May 17" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Pittsburgh Pa., vertical file fold at left well away from stamps

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE, PAYING THE QUADRUPLE 10-CENT OVER-300 MILES RATE FROM PHILADELPHIA TO PITTSBURGH. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH 1847 STAMPS CANCELLED BY THE "6" NUMERAL HANDSTAMP. A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION ITEM.

The "6" in circle handstamp was intended for use on incoming ship letters. The postal clerk used the wrong device either by mistake or as a convenience.

Ex Caspary and Boker.

E. 15,000-20,000
32,500
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